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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements

To assist with the recovery from the economic impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to eligible employers who engage a new apprentice or trainee before 31 March 2022, under the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidies.

What is the support to employers?

Any business that engages an Australian apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of the wages paid to this employee for a 12-month period. The 12 month period commences from the start date of the training contract and is paid at a maximum of $7,000 per quarter (up to $28,000 over 12 months). This support is called the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy.

In addition, eligible employers in receipt of the BAC wage subsidy may have support extended for the second and third year of an apprenticeship/traineeship through the new Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy. Please note, the CAC wage subsidy will only apply to apprenticeships/traineeships where the qualification is over 12 months in duration.

In the second year, eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of 10 per cent of wages paid to an eligible apprentice or trainee, to a maximum of $1,500 per quarter (up to $6,000 over 12 months). In the third year, eligible employers will also receive a wage subsidy of 5 per cent of wages paid to an eligible apprentice or trainee, to a maximum of $750 per quarter (up to $3,000 over 12 months).

There is no limit on the number of eligible apprentices and trainees your business can employ.

Is my business eligible for the BAC and CAC wage subsidies?

Your business may be eligible for both the BAC and CAC wage subsidies if:

  • You commence, recommence or engage an apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022.
  • Your apprentice or trainee is completing a certificate II or higher qualification, and the training contract is approved by the state training authority.

Your apprentice or trainee must be registered and eligible to receive the BAC wage subsidy in order to be eligible to receive the CAC wage subsidy.

Are the wage subsidies only for new workers in my business?

No, existing workers may be eligible to attract both the BAC and CAC wage subsidies if:

  • They are undertaking a trade based qualification. Speak to our team about the list of qualifications available for existing workers.
  • The employee transitions from casual to part time or full time to undertake the apprenticeship or traineeship, or transitions from part time to full time to undertake the apprenticeship or traineeship.

How do I receive both subsidies?

If you are eligible, we will send you a claim form quarterly. You simply complete the claim form, attach the requested pay and training evidence and we will process the claim for you.

Payments are made quarterly in arrears.

Watch the video below to learn how to submit your claim.

Would you like to fast track your claim?

Skip the queue and fast track your claim by following these simple tips.

I’m interested in hearing more, what do I do next?

Click here to access our Webinar recording on “How to Claim Your BAC Wage Subsidy” and enter the passcode: bmq%eEe5.

To download the presentation file – click here.

Click here to access our Webinar recording on the “Completing Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy and what this means for you and your business” and enter the passcode: EYBWbK=7.

To download the presentation file – click here.

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Our friendly Mas team are here to help you every step of the way. Simply get in contact with us and we will provide advice and guide you through the whole process.

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